• What is a Charter System?


    A local district that has an executed charter from the State Board of Education (SBOE) that grants the district flexibility from almost all of Title 20, SBOE rules, and Georgia Department of Education guidelines

    Facts and Features

    • The charter is a contract between the district and SBOE 
    • The district gains flexibility to innovate in exchange for increased academic accountability
    • There is an emphasis on school-based leadership and decision-making


    • Increased school-level autonomy and accountability
    • Financial savings possible from waivers
    • Additional per-pupil funding in QBE if appropriated

    Federal/State Compliance

    • Must comply with all federal laws and regulations 
    • Must comply with all state laws, rules, and regulations that cannot be waived such as health and safety regulations